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19.05.20

Construction Commissioner to manage HS2 Phase 2a

Sir Mark Worthington OBE will now be responsible for managing issues and relationships between HS2 Ltd and individuals or bodies relating to construction work on both Phase One, from London to Birmingham, and Phase 2a, West Midlands to Crewe.

In his extended role, the Independent Construction Commissioner will work with communities, businesses and individuals along the West Midlands to Crewe route to improve relationships and communication between building contractors and local communities.

His focus will be resolving criticisms relating to construction issues, as well as providing advice to members of the public on how they can raise concerns with HS2 Ltd.

The move implies another step by the government to uphold a strong level of scrutiny on HS2 Ltd.’s community engagement and to ensure HS2 delivers on its requirement to be a good neighbour to all on the railway’s route.

Since being appointed as Commissioner for Phase One in 2018, Sir Mark has established considerable knowledge on HS2 and its contractors, and his continued governance will provide the project with added stability as it progresses through the next stage.  

HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “The Independent Construction Commissioner adds important oversight to this project by ensuring there is a constructive and positive relationship between HS2 Ltd, its contractors and local communities. It also ensures all building-related decisions adhere to best practice, as set out by the department.

“I have no doubt Sir Mark will continue his impressive work as Commissioner, helping to develop constructive engagement between all parties and ensure HS2 is a good neighbour to all as it constructs this vital railway.”

Sir Mark Worthington said: “I am grateful to the HS2 Minister and Secretary of State for extending my remit to cover Phase 2a of the HS2 project. It makes considerable sense at this time and I look forward to the renewed challenges.”

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